M.A.S Accountants: Tips for first time business entrepreneurs

Are you thinking of starting your own business? Starting something new is a big change – especially if it’s been ruminating for some time. It could mean a big change in your lifestyle and career path too, so a few people may find the adjustment is quite difficult. m.a.s accountants have been in the small business accounting industry for 50 years, witnessing the growth of many different businesses that originally started out as a good idea. Crunching the numbers and working with business owners‘ decisions over the years has led them to experience a lot and gather some wisdom. Here are their tips for first time business entrepreneurs: If you have a big idea, make sure you can pitch that idea and share it within 30 seconds. If you can say it within 30 seconds, your business path is clear. If you start rambling around, you may seem like you are still quite unsure. Start small and do not be overly ambitious at the start – no one is expecting you to own a huge office and large employee base. You’ll likely work out your living room for a while, and that’s fine! You don’t want to find yourself struggling to pay your bills or employees. By starting small, you are pressing your expenditure to a minimum and you are not putting too much pressure on your business to do well immediately. It’s important that you know your field and that you’re not jumping into a new industry simply because your idea sounds sexy or cool to you. Enter it because you know it well and you are prepared...

My Story – Operation Admin Charlie

Who are OAC? Operation Admin Charlie is a Virtual Assistant operation. We thrive to help operate your business run more efficiently. Our Operation is focused on the core section being Operation Administration and Operation Charlie being our family local community focus. We are based in Cairns, Queensland, but offer our services nationally & internationally. My name is Krissie Kate and I am the owner and operator of OAC; we have an extensive background in Aviation, Travel & Tourism.  Airlines worked for include Singapore, Virgin & Cathay Pacific – Within the UK & Australia. Roles including: Training in travel operations, travel agent software & airport operating systems, Event Management, Personal Assistant, & Airport Operations. What does a virtual assistant do? VAs provides services remotely. They offer services that would normally be done by a personal assistant in offices, for example admin support, call minding, message taking, diary management, filtering emails, bookkeeping, marketing, project support , typing, internet research, cold calling etc. Reputable VAs are experienced and focused self employed professionals who work independently to your deadlines – they are not temps! VAs uses their office and equipment. You do not have to pay their tax, super, insurance and other expenses that accrue with permanent and temporary staff. Generally, VAs are very flexible. You can get cheaper rates for more mundane work. Some VAs specialise, so you may want to find one for your specific business needs. What are the benefits of using a virtual assistant? Using a VA means you can concentrate on the business rather than the paperwork that goes with it. You get more time to do what you do...

(VIDEO INTERVIEW) 5 Top Tips to Succeed in 2016 with  Miranda Powell (Angelic Intuitive)

BIO Miranda Powell is an Angelic Intuitive Reader, Reiki Master Teacher and Numerologist; she started Angelic Reiki Light Healing to provide Divine guidance for those in need of Angelic Guidance, readings and other healing services. Miranda offers holistic healing sessions and instruction that span a variety of healing modalities.  She is a lifelong clairvoyant that works with the Angelic Realm and can distant healings, intuitive angel readings. For more information on Miranda and the workshops she presents, please visit www.angelicreikilight.net YOU COULD WIN Please watch the interview, share it on your facebook personal profile and tag Melissa Groom, and leave a comment under the video and share what you took away from her interview to be in the chance to win a membership to Empowered Mums and promotion on Mums In Business Australia with over 7,000...

My Story – Kangatraining, Sarah Tarrant

Top 5 tips for Mums in Business: Know your market: Keep learning and understanding what your target market wants and needs. Nothing stays the same so keep evolving! Be organized: This is the key! This will also assist with your time management especially as all mother are extremely time poor. Put your phone down: Something I have trouble doing. As we can access nearly everything from our smart phones we need family time and time away from technology. This also gives our mind a break and makes us think more clearly when we go back to the computer. Don’t be hard on yourself: You can only do what you can do! Try your best and know that you don’t have to get back to people right then and there. Try and do one thing at a time properly rather than 100 things at once (YES, easier said than done!) Enjoy it: No point doing something you don’t love that ends up having a negative effect on your life rather than a positive one. Always aim for balance and…. keep breathing. Where did the idea of Kangatraining begin? I first learnt of Kangatraining in 2012 on a trip to Europe as my Austrian sister was getting married. One day, she mentioned that she has to attend Kangatraining class with her little boy who was 6 months old. Curious, I tagged along to watch and couldn’t believe what I saw. It’s a complete workout for mums, but unlike traditional classes, new mums don’t need to worry about finding a babysitter because the babies are worn on them and get to be...

Featured Business: Caroline Marvelli – Hootkid

Hootkid has forged its way through the highly competitive children’s wear market to emerge as one of the most popular Australian children’s wear labels. After gaining huge momentum in just two short years, Hootkid has been worn and loved by thousands of children across Australia, New Zealand and around the world, becoming a true cult kids fashion label. Rebecca Judd’s gorgeous son Oscar is one such fan, with the two year old loving his Hootkid ‘Hear me Roar’ hoodie! The same hoodie was also extremely popular on the hit Channel 9 Show ‘House Husbands’ during their second season, with twins Zac and Jacob wearing that and other Hootkid pieces on almost every episode. The girls weren’t left out either with the cute character of Poppy rocking the Rainbow Ra Ra dress on multiple occasions. A mish-mash of colours and styles with bags of personality; Hootkid is all about making kid’s fashion affordable, entertaining and totally outrageous. Inspired by kids ‘just having fun’, Hootkid was founded by Caroline Marvelli, a savvy Melbourne businesswomen with years of fashion experience gained as a buyer for some of Australia’s biggest and best retailers. Caroline wanted to craft a new generation of edgy street wear and accessories for children that let kids be kids and brought fun into their lives! Caroline is extremely proud of the label and what it has achieved since its inception back in 2011. “We are continuing to spread our message of fun, fearless fashion across the country and we are loving how many kids are getting their hoot-on!” Stocked in over 70 stores across Australia and overseas, Hootkid designs...

Why ‘sell’ is not a dirty four letter word

By: Trevor Russell – Business Strategist, Sales & Team Trainer When you talk to most people about people in sales, it conjures up imagines of a greasy haired car sales man, who stinks of cigarette smoke and shiftiness. The reality of selling and sales is that... if you’re in the business of selling products and services and any type of solution to your customers; guess what, you in sales and a sales person. So you better get used to this fact, and I say learn how to master it, instead of your limited thinking around what selling is, limit you. And most importantly if you want to have a successful profession or business, the most dramatic impact you will make to the success of your business, in cash flow and profitability, will be to get excited and develop an excitement for the art of sales. In the words of Brian Tracey, leading business adviser and professional speaker and trainer, ‘the number one reason why a business will be successful is by how well they are able to influence and sell’. The most interesting fact about the highest performing people in sales, is they are actually very quiet, patient and very good listeners. They have a deep sense of self confidence and empathy for their customer. Just for the record, whether you realise it or not, we are all in the art of sales. It may not be always directly related to selling, for one example, say, a skin rejuvenation package. However it can be to motivate your children to eat all of their dinner, sell yourself to the boss...
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